May Stevens “Alice in the Garden”


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RYAN LEE presents Alice in the Garden, an exhibition of monumental paintings by the pioneering feminist artist May Stevens. A celebrated activist committed to the civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements, Stevens has used painting to combat social injustice and to revise women’s history throughout her seventy-year career. Between 1983 and 1990, she produced several large-scale paintings on unstretched canvas depicting Alice Dick Stevens, her elderly mother, during the last years of her life.

The five-panel painting Alice in the Garden (1988-89) is based on Stevens’s own photographs of Alice taken during visits to the nursing home in which she lived. The mural-like images confront the viewer with the massive figure of Alice-fleshy, fragile, and vulnerable. In her hands, Alice manipulates flowers-dandelions Stevens had playfully thrown at her during an afternoon visit. In the final painting of the cycle, Stevens, with her back to the viewer, pins a flower to her mother’s blouse. Stevens’s photos also serve as the source material for Fore River (1983) and the previously un-exhibited A Life (1984), both painted during Alice’s final years.



from February 23, 2017 to April 08, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-02-25 from 16:00 to 18:00


May Stevens

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